30 – irregularchoice.com
$45 – macys.com
$34 – endless.com
$24 – shopruche.com
$35 – gbyguess.com
I just came upon these super sexy nude peep toes and I had to share them. These heels have the super cute off-center bow, patent leather construction, and of course, a peep toe cutout to let your sexy red toenails show through.
Nude (or blush or natural or whatever you want to call it) colored shoes and clothes are really in this season. **NB: I actually don’t care to use the word “nude” to describe this color. “Nude” means naked, and naked skin can be white, brown, black, and everything in between. That is my opinion. kthxbye.
I’m not really into blush colored tops and dresses but on shoes, it is a soft color that can allow your brightly colored nail polish or flowery outfit do all the talking. This neutral color also matches with any and everything.
I really like these Marc Fisher shoes, which I spied at Macy’s, most of all because they remind me of the Valentino patent leather peep toes I wrote about not long ago, but much, much less expensive. And lastly, at $53.40 [on sale], these sexy nude pumps are not sartorial debauchery.
I just ran across the En Plain Air Dress by Eva Franco at Anthropologie and I’m absolutely smitten. Of course, that’s expected given that dress has a bright floral pattern, a vintage inspired look, and a nice waist-cinching belt. This gorgeous and feminine dress reminds me of what my grandmother used to wear in the 1950s and 60s.
Unfortunately for me (and for many of my readers too), this dress is simply out of my price range at over $250, making it middle of the road sartorial debauchery. So I decided to peruse the interwebs for a dress for less version, although I know that finding an exact replacement will be impossible, I looked for a dress that had a similar look to it.
One similar option is the Nine West floral-printed seamed dressavailable at Lord & Taylor. Though the neckline is different, the overall affect of the dress and its vintage look remain.
Plus at $128 (and there are often coupons available!), this dress is at least 50% less expensive than its Anthropologie counterpart.
Other options I found are the Elementz Sleeveless Floral Shift Dress and the Muse Sleeveless Floral Pleated Skirt Dress at Macy’s and the Anne Klein Floral Print Sheath Dress at Lord & Taylor. Both have a similar (ie. higher) neckline like the Anthropologie dress. All three dresses are under $110.
The Elementz dress is really cute and it even comes with a pink shrug/cardigan! Unfortunately, the colors are a little off from the En Plein Air Dress.
The Anne Klein Floral Dress is really feminine and I especially like the print and the colors, although they are paler than the En Plein Air dress, they are similar. and lastly the Muse dress has a feminine and flirty full skirt, but the colors are blue and very different from the En Plein Air dress.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but if I had to it would be the Anne Klein dress–it’s the most vintage looking in my opinion. And I also LOVE the combination of a light green and pink or coral. Drool.
Pair any of these floral dresses with a skinny belt and you’ve got a close version of the Anthropologie floral dress for at least half the price. I especially like this Skinny Bow Belt from New York and Company. CUTE!
And lastly I just want to apologize for my floral dress obsession! I’m sure my readers are already getting sick of seeing post after post dedicated to flowery dresses.
I’m a girly girl and I can’t help it!
Anyway, this concludes this dress for less segment. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment below!
This is post 2 in my wardrobe essentials for curvy women blog series. I want to stress the importance of a sleek, structured jacket (or several jackets, hehe).
A structured jacket or blazer is stiffer than a sweater or knit jacket. This stiffness and the jacket’s vertical seams help a curvy woman accentuate the slimmest part of her body-her waist.
I love jackets because they also hide my least favorite parts, my arms and belly area. And also, a jacket brings the whole outfit together and adds a final layer.
Here’s a picture my hubby took of me in our garden in one of my favorite jackets [Old Navy yellow double breasted canvas jacket circa 2009]. Plus a The Limited Front Ruffle Top and The Limited Cassidy High Waist pant in navy.
Notice in the picture of me where I’m not wearing the jacket, how wide my waist looks. I like how a jacket visually narrows the waist area. Of course, a blazer or jacket is an excellent and professional addition to a work outfit!
I also like structured jackets because of their wardrobe versatility. You can wear a jacket with a blouse and trousers like I am in these pictures, with a t-shirt and jeans for running around on the weekend, or even on top of a dress.
This American Rag Twiggy Double Breasted Smocked Jacket from Macy’s is a great example of a versatile, structured jacket at a great price. And don’t be afraid of bright colors.
A brightly colored jacket can take a neutral or black/grey outfit and give it that extra spring punch.
Another structured jacket I really like is one that has military-inspired detailing. I love this Coffee Shop Bandleader Jacket at Target for under $35. This jacket’s more neutral sage/olive color would be great to wear with brighter colored blouses or shirts.
What do you think about jackets? Do you wear one regularly? Let me know what you think!
I saw this New Directions floral dress in a Belk circular recently and I really wanted it. Surprise surprise, me, loving a floral dress at a good price? But I just tried finding the dress on Belk’s website but could only locate the plus size version, which is still excellent, but unfortunately not for me as size 14W tends to run too big in the bust for me.
Here’s hoping that that either Belk has this gorgeous dress in stores or that they restock straight sizes (and petites would be nice:)) online. But honestly, I don’t need another floral dress, I just want another floral dress. Teehee. I did find a similar-looking dress at Macy’s but at a higher price.
Here’s another floral dress I spied at Macy’s: the Jones New York Sleeveless Floral A-line Dress. As beautiful as the New Directions floral dress but I think I prefer the floral fabric that gradually fades into a solid color. But at $128, this Jones New York floral dress is more expensive than the New Directions floral dress.
And to complete the department store floral dress trifecta, JC Penney also has many cute dresses that are perfect for spring and summer. Here’s one that caught my eye in particular: the Liz Claiborne Border Print Dress. This dress has the floral pattern that fades into solid white and super cute cap sleeve dress reminiscent of 1950s style dresses. It’s super cute!
Can you tell I’m obsessed with flirty, retro inspired, vintage-y dresses? Yes, I’m definitely obsessed! I like floral dresses because they’re feminine, springy, and great for day-to-evening transitions! Wear to work with a cardigan or blazer and flats and transition to evening with some chunky jewelry, heels, and a dark colored bolero. Can you say sexy?!